"The Double Dragons - Billy and Jimmy Lee - are back to avenge the loss of Marion! In their quest to defeat the evil Shadow Warriors, the martial arts duo are challenged in 9 incredible missions, facing ruthless street gangs, nunchaku-toting ninja and giant mutant warriors! The non-stop action winds its way through construction sites, alleyways and underwater hideouts complete with secret elevator shafts, spiked ceilings and razor-sharp mechanical claws!"
Double Dragon II: The Revenge is a sequel to the original Double Dragon game released in 1987 and is a side scrolling beat ‘em up game produced and published by the same company, Technos. The game was released for the first time in 1988 as a coin-operated arcade game, but appeared later on Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). There were big differences between the two games. Other versions were released in the following years for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy Advance and PC.
The arcade version of the game begins with Marian, the women from the original Double Dragon, being killed by the leader of the Black Warriors. The player can control one of the same twin brothers Billy and Jimmy Lee, but their task is different. Now they have to avenge Marian’s death.
The arcade version brings an improved control system compared to the first game. Now there are two directional-based attack buttons, left and right, instead of the original punch and kick buttons. Pressing the attack button of the player’s current direction will employ a standard series of punches, while pressing the button in the opposite direction will perform a back kick. Several moves were introduced in this game, such as a Hurricane Kick, which was a powerful attack.
Most of the enemies in the first game returned in the second one too, but were given makeovers and few new moves they could use. The weapons were also modified and, for example, the steel bats and dynamite sticks were replaced by shovels and grenades.
There were four levels in the first game and there are still four in the second one: a heliport, a lumber storehouse, a wheat field and the new hideout of the final boss. There is a sub-boss for each stage. He has to be defeated for the players to get through the next level. After a single-mode game the player will have to confront a double of him to finish the game, otherwise he will encounter his twin brother, controlled by the second player.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge was also the name of the original soundtrack released in Japan in 1990. There are also few tracks from the original Double Dragon game.
The version for PC was released in Japan in 1993, while the version for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was released in Japan exclusively and features the same levels and moves as the arcade version.
The first release of the series was very popular; the second one followed the same path. The version for Nintendo Entertainment System was rated with a great total average of 8.6 out of 10. No less than 838 users voted when this review was written. The game for arcade was rated with 8.3 and received 35 votes up until now.
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Marian is dead!
The evil Shadow Boss and his agents are out to settle the score for the thrashing you gave them in the original blockbuster. After killing Marian, your one and only love, they knew that you'd come after them with everything you've got!
This time, it won't be so easy. There are nine levels to fight through and a whole new gang of stronger and smarter thugs to beat. This time, however, you can bring a friend since Double Dragon 2: The Revenge is a two-player cooperative game - just like in the arcades!
Double Dragon 2 is also loaded with all-new martial arts moves such as the Cyclone Spin Kick, and Back Kick. With these new techniques you might have a chance against the somersaulting mad men from the Shadow Boss' evil gang. This game is more than just another kung-fu kick-em-up, however, with strategy playing an important role in your quest to reap revenge!
There are now nine new levels of action and suspense, not to mention the graphically striking intermission sequences which set up the climactic ending of the game (a la Ninja Gai Den). You'll have to work your way through walls filled with disappearing ledges, where timing is critical, and past conveyor belts and rotating gears that push and pull you in different directions above pits filled with deadly spears.
Double Dragon 2 may seem like a nightmare since you'll often find yourself confronted by gang members who seemingly appear and disappear at will. You'll also encounter an illusion of yourself that is equally skilled in the martial arts. And don't forget the Shadow Boss himself - your toughest opponent and the ultimate warrior! Is this new master of illusions really as strong as he seems? More importantly, is Marian really dead or is this another one of the Shadow Boss' evil tricks?
- All new challenges - Double Dragon 2 is filled with surprises and packed with punch and kick action!
- Outstanding graphics - Battle your way through nine highly detailed game screens!
- Two player combo - Now you can play Double Dragon the way it was meant to be played - with a friend!
Be warned: there are three entirely different endings in this game, depending on which of the three skill levels you choose, and it will take a superb player to find out what really has happened to Marian.
Double Dragon, the runaway award-winner of 1988, is getting ready to strike again in both the arcades and at home! Courtesy of the folks at Romstar (through a special arrangement with American Technos), Double Dragon II: The Revenge is on the coin-op horizon and it is a blast!
In this super arcade follow-up, Double Dragon II continues the adventures of Billy and Jimmy Lee, out to clean up the city and eliminate an evil alliance of criminals who have taken over the cities as well as the beautiful Marion. Needless to say, you are mad and out for blood!
Although the game play may be similar to the original in many ways, it expands upon the first game's appeal with a whole new cast of maniac street thugs as well as some additional punching and kicking techniques (like a reverse kick, for instance). These new features, combined with a whole new world of spectacular scrolling graphics, giant animated characters, and sound effects make Double Dragon II: The Revenge play like an entirely new game in many respects.
In addition to boasting game play and graphics that are even better than the first Double Dragon game, Double Dragon II: The Revenge offers the same simultaneous two-player action that lets you and a friend take on the mean streets together! Not only does this make The Revenge look, and feel more like a brand new game, it also helps out the odds when a gang of hoods has you surrounded!
One of Double Dragon II: The Revenge's most stunning features are the incredible background and foreground graphics which serve as the setting for each of your kick-em-up encounters! The playfield scrolls smoothly by as you take on each new set of attackers. The enemy characters themselves are also rendered with exceptional detail and clarity, with a different personality and mode of attack evident with each new member of the gang's varied cast of killers! Without a doubt, these are some of the best graphics ever seen in an arcade action title!
Double Dragon II: The Revenge has plenty of new features like spectacular scrolling graphics, and giant animated game characters throughout!!!
If a good street fight is what you're looking for, then Double Dragon II: The Revenge will more than likely fill any needs you may have. The entire game is very impressive -- when you see the bad guys flying through the air with knives in their hands you can begin to appreciate the extra work that went into making this game as perfect as it could be. The Revenge is more difficult than the original Double Dragon, but by the same token, it's a lot more fun!